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Chinese Olympic Hockey Roster Bolstered By “Heritage Players”

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With the 2022 Winter Olympics Games set to begin in less than six weeks, the status of the men’s ice hockey tournament has as little clarity as any sport in the Games. It was only December 22, 2021 when the National Hockey League (NHL) announced that it would not be sending its players to Beijing due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the NHL, an announcement that was particularly disappointing after it was announced approximately three months earlier that the NHLers would be returning to the tournament after being held out of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

While traditional hockey powers scramble to piece together a roster, there is one team that knows—for the most part—who will be taking the ice and wearing their nation’s colors in February: China.



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